St. Louis Community College graduate Brent Sweeney recently was named the 2019 Riverview Gardens School District Teacher of the Year.
The St. Louis native is a fourth grade teacher at Moline Elementary School and has worked in the district for five years. Sweeney earned degrees from both STLCC and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He currently is working toward a master’s degree in literacy from Missouri State University.
“Mr. Sweeney is a rock star teacher who has made a real difference in our school and the district,” said Lisa Thompson, principal at Moline Elementary. “The level of instruction students receive in his classroom is setting them up for a lifetime of success. He represents the best of Riverview Gardens School District.”
Sweeney was among 13 teachers in the running for the honor. Alex Clark, from Riverview Gardens High School, and Courtney Rachel, from Central Middle School, finished second and third, respectively.
“My reaction to receiving this honor was one of great pride,” Sweeney said. “Riverview Gardens School District is where I completed my student teaching during my undergraduate studies. By the time graduation approached and the time came to start applying to schools, I felt like I had already found a home. Receiving the Teacher of the Year Award has given me an even deeper sense of pride in the hard work that our RGSD family commits itself to each year.”
Although Sweeney said there were several reasons why he decided to become a teacher, one stands out the most.
“One of those reasons was to profoundly impact the lives of children,” he said. “I wanted the opportunity to impact the lives of students in the same ways that my life was positively impacted by my teachers and professors.”
The Riverview Gardens School District includes 13 schools and serves approximately 5,700 students in north St. Louis County.